Friday, March 7, 2008

Diverse Settings, Fascinating Stories

Ever since the deadline for submissions closed on February 8th, I've been savoring the many wonderful stories that have been received for the From Our Lips to Your Ears project.

I am proud to share that the stories received so far include interpreters from 5 different continents, more than 20 different language pairs, and settings that are extremely diverse - including many of the settings that have been featured in some way in postings here.

Whether it's an interpreter rendering words to the delight of professional soccer fans, an interpreter pronouncing the words, "it's a girl!" to new parents in the maternity ward, or an interpreter helping facilitate a spacewalk, these stories are sure to evoke much emotion, pique much interest, and shed tremendous light on the important work of interpreters.

Many of you have written to request an extension of the deadline, and since I had already extended it once by request, I decided not to extend it a second time, especially given the amount of material received.

However, if you do have a story you'd love to share, don't hesitate to contact me.

Depending on the type of story, there might be a fit. If not, it might work for a second volume in a From Our Lips to Your Ears series, which has been suggested to me by quite a few of you!

Thanks for all your supportive feedback, calls and emails! I will be back soon with more updates, albeit less frequently while I am in the editing stage of this project.

2 comments:

Holly said...

Hi! Glad to hear things are going well, it sounds like you got a good response. I submitted a story and I was just curious if you already sent emails for those who would be included?

Nataly said...

Hello, Holly! Thanks very much! No, the authors selected so far have not been contacted yet, because there is still a long way to go in editing the submissions, ordering them, etc. Once it is clear which submissions will be included, I will be sure to update everyone. Thanks!